Magazine article Screen International

Al Clark Lines Up Trio Including Stephan Elliott Comedy

Magazine article Screen International

Al Clark Lines Up Trio Including Stephan Elliott Comedy

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Producer Al Clark is working on an untitled comedy with director Stephan Elliott, a pairing that previously created The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, one of the best-known Australian films ever made.

The spotlight turned on Clark this month following the announcement by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) that he was the latest recipient of the Raymond Longford Award for lifetime achievement, described by the AACTA as "the nation's highest screen accolade".

Clark is generally very reluctant to talk of projects that are not yet financed because "the film business is overly fuelled by delusional chatter" but was coaxed into revealing three projects on which he is working.

Pinball, a Cain-and-Abel story set against a background of crime and sport, will be a first feature for writer/director Matt Holcomb, who has directed short films and commercials.

"With my wife and colleague Andrena Finlay, I am also executive producing Sentido, a film set in the world of bullfighting to be shot in Australia and Mexico, written and to be directed by Andrew Lawrence," he told Screendaily.

Clark has produced, co-produced or executive produced 13 films in Australia including John Polson's feature debut Siam Sunset, a second Stephan Elliott title being Eye Of The Beholder, Andrew Dominik's debut film Chopper, starring Eric Bana, and Mark Lamprell's upcoming musical Goddess, which stars Lara Michelle Kelly and Ronan Keating and is being released in Australian cinemas by Roadshow in March. …

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